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"Captain Video and His Video Rangers" episode from circa 1950. This series aired on the DuMont Television Network from 1949 to 1955 and was the first sci-fi series on American television. Over 1000 episodes were aired, of which about 24 survive. This episode was written by MC Brock and stars Richard Coogan. It was broadcast live each weekday. The show spawned at least 3 spin-offs of which nothing survives.
This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV
Production Company: DuMont Television Network
Audio/Visual: Sound, Black and White
Keywords: Classic TV; Science Fiction, Sci-Fi, DuMont Network; DuMont Television Network; 50's TV; 50s TV; 1950's TV; 1950s Television; Serial; Historically Important;
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Best T.V. Ever!!
Bottom line. The worst TV program that ever came out of the 1950's, is better than most anything on TV today. There's more manure on cable TV today, than all the stables at that "famous" racetrack in my hometown of Louisville!! Most of these folks who try to "micro-critique" the gold that IA offers us, weren't even born back then. Those who are that old and try to say that today's TV is better, had a sad upbringing!! :-))
Subject: Not So Bad
Ok Captain Video was not the brightest blub in the pack. But why are they giving it a bad rap. Here we go again, it was made for kids. An kids like spacemen an cowboys, an code rings. So give it a see. An a another fact, it's better then some realty shows of today, well most of them.
Subject: RE: Historical Value???
Quote Bestpbx: "
If this program has HISTORICAL VALUE then so does a roll of toilet paper."
Your are 100% right:
Subject: A catalog site for Classic TV shows
If you like Classic TV from of the 50's, there is a catalog site that makes it easy to watch episodes streaming from Archive.org at:
There are currently over 400 individual episodes of about 30 different programs, and the site is growing day by day. Check it out!
Well now, I do love early live TV shows, and I love science fiction, but Captain Video is by far the weakest of the live space operas, not helped one bit by the shoehorning-in of footage from crappy old cowboy movies. Taking into consideration the time in which this show was produced, I guess I can understand why they did this, but it certainly was a lazy move. Even "bad" filmmaker Ed Wood never stooped so low!
Dwight Frye -
Subject: I AM READY,O' CAPTAIN VIDEO
If this is good enough for Ed Norton,then is good enough for me.Anybody who cant enjoy this has no appreciation for early television,and shouldnt even be on here in the first place.This show is legendary,from the clips of westerns to the 20 dollar set.
Subject: Historical Value????????
If this program has HISTORICAL VALUE then so does a roll of toilet paper.
Spring Viking -
It had me thinking that there was some error in the upload until I saw that the other episodes have the cowboy thing in them too. I guess this show wanted to capitalize off of the most popular genre of the time, which was certainly the Western. This show holds literally zero entertainment value, but well worth the watch, all the same.
Subject: cosmos80 is an idiot
This was a sci-fi western, you idiot.
who was the idiot who uploaded this.Its screwed up with a western mixed in.This film sucks
Subject: I Uploaded This
cosmos80 is an idiot, it's made pretty clear in the program that the "western" is Captain Video watching his time-traveling rangers.